The Enduring Challenge: Self Determination and Ethnic Conflict in the 21st Century

The Enduring Challenge: Self Determination and Ethnic Conflict in the 21st Century

According to David Callahan, director of research for , a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting democracy and shared prosperity in the United States, issues of self-determination and ethnic conflict are and will continue to be among the most challenging problems confronting political leaders around the globe. In (18 pages, PDF), the latest installment in the of white papers, Callahan explores the dimensions of the problem and the ways in which ethnic conflicts have had a major impact on international security and U.S. foreign policy since the end of the Cold War. The paper also examines how the dynamics of ethnic rivalry have shaped Afghanistan's tragic past and are likely to drive its uncertain future. Looking ahead, Callahan explores how the United States and other leading powers can more effectively respond to ethnic conflicts around the world as well as the role international organizations and NGOs can play in addressing the challenges of self-determination.

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